Songs of Dignity & Grit

by Julie Nolen

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"Songs of Dignity & Grit" is Julie Nolen's first full length studio solo album, due out for official release January 2016.

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released January 12, 2016

Producer - Daniel Barrett of Rubicon Studios with Assistant Engineer, Jeremy Walden.
Mastering - Mark Hallman at Congress House Studios

All songs written by Julie Nolen, except "Texas" written by Nolen and Billy Abel. Copyright 2016.


Julie Nolen - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion, Background vocals
Daniel Barrett - Lead Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keys, Background Vocals
Hunter St. Marie - Lead Guitar and Slide Guitar, devilish laughter
Rusty Keith - Bass (Raise Hell, Texas, Still Love You, Hey Bartender, From Afar)
Brannan Lane - Drums (Raise Hell, Texas, Still Love You, Hey Bartender, From Afar)
Red Young - Keys (Hey Bartender)
Cari Hutson - Background vocals and devilish laughter
Barbara Nesbitt - Background vocals and devilish laughter

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Julie Nolen Austin, Texas

Julie Nolen, who is known for her energetic and exciting performances, has been playing in Austin for over ten years, focusing not only with solo shows but also with her band. She regularly plays rooms such as the Saxon Pub, Lambert's and One2One Bar. Nolen has captured her energetic sound onto disc, releasing her first solo demo album, "Raise Hell" in February 2015. ... more

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Track Name: Piss and Vinegar
You can tell me how to live my life
And give me all that good advice
After you've gone to hell and back twice
Lived the life I've lived and survived.
You could probably see a whole lot clearer
If you focus on your own mirror
Cause this life I lead it ain't for beginners
It's the life of a winner...and a sinner.

Right or wrong I get scorned
This is how a bad girl gets born
Call me the Devil but be warned
Play with me you're gonna get the horns

If you need me I'm just a stone throw away
But don't you dare get in my way
Ain't your rules I gotta obey
Watch your judgement ricochet.
Before you throw that stone at me
Hope your conscience is clean
Skeletons love to dance and sing
Right out of there closets when I pull their strings

Right or wrong I get scorned
This is how a bad girl gets born
Call me the Devil but be warned
Play with me you're gonna get the horns

No, I wasn't raised this way but I sure been made this way
Wasn't always sinister must be all that piss and vinegar

Right or wrong I get scorned
This is how a bad girl gets born
Call me the Devil but be warned
Play with me you're gonna get the horns
Right or wrong I get scorned
This is how a bad girl gets born
Call me the Devil but be warned
Play with me you're gonna get the horns
Track Name: Still Love You
Fields of orange, yellow and red
Sun goes down in the ground and I'm trying to resurrect
You say the fires have died between you and me
But I still feel those embers burning down deep

And I still love you
Well I still love you
I still love you
Even though long ago you said no

Fields of brown, black and red
All those things you said echo in my head
One grey tombstone lies between you and me
And it's that highway that parted us like the Red Sea

And I still love you
Well I still love you
I still love you
Even though long ago you said no

Fields of pink, green and red
Hope those flowers said everything needing to be said
All those years have passed us away
But here in the dark we'll find each other anyway

And I still love you
Well I still love you
I still love you
Even though long ago you said no

If I had my way, we'd still be on that highway
I'd convince you to stay, instead of always running away
If we ran out of road, we'd still find our way home
Through the fields of unknown instead of always being alone

And I still love you
Well I still love you
I still love you
I still love you
Baby I still love you
Baby I still love you whoa oh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Trouble Junkie
From the corner of the room
Saw you and knew we were doomed
You're drinking my favorite whiskey
And you smell like sin just like me

We stayed past last call
You got me out of a bar brawl
Said "Baby stay the night"
So we chased away the daylight

You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder
Tonight we might need a reminder
That together...we're trouble.

We got matching tattoos
Then you disappeared for a week or two
Got a call from the boys in blue
Asking me, have I seen you?

You stopped by in a Cadillac
Said the cops have finally relaxed
Let's go on the road like Kerouac
More like Bonnie and Clyde are back

You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder
Tonight we might need a reminder
That together...we're trouble.

Like moths to a flame or bees to honey
We got no restraint. We're just trouble junkies.

You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder
Tonight we might need a reminder
That together...we're trouble.
Track Name: Hey Bartender
There’s always someone out there you can rely on
They’ll always be there waiting, leaving that light on
Some places I’m a rockstar, some places unknown
Either way there’s always a neon light calling me back home

There’s always someone out there waiting on me
They’ll always be the very last one to leave

I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender
Don’t shut us down
Oooooh Hey Bartender
How bout another round?

I’ve been known to fall in love once or twice
It’s kinda hard not to when they serve you and they gotta be nice
Best thing for a heartache anywhere I’ve found
Is a beautiful bartender serving you a shot of crown

There’s always someone out there waiting on me
They’ll always be the very last one to leave

I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender
Don’t shut us down
Oooooh Hey Bartender
How bout another round?

I’ve sailed with the captain, I’ve flown with the grey goose
I’ve drank the champagne of beers and I’ve toasted with Veuve
Whether it’s Johnny, Jack or Jim or Mr. Jameson
We’ll be doing a little drinking and a lot of hell raising

There’s always someone out there waiting on me
They’ll always be the very last one to leave

I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender
Don’t shut us down
Oooooh Hey Bartender
How bout another round?
(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Texas
Before she boards that plane the wood grain
Of this old guitar has been tear-stained

As she goes overseas will she think about you or me?
Are there too many clouds beyond those wings?

Are we both home or is she yours alone?
When she comes back, is it to us both?

Oh Texas
How could we be so reckless with a love like that?
We should have known
Oh Texas
Gotta help me bring her back
bring her on back home

An old oak tree, my roots are planted deep
But I’m just as lost as those pines in the east

Like the fields in the west, my heart is desolate
Lonesome for miles, ain’t no one left

Are we both home or is she yours alone?
When she comes back, is it to us both?

Oh Texas
How could we be so reckless with a love like that?
We should have known
Oh Texas
Gotta help me bring her back
Bring her on back home

If I was the one to blame I would wrap my heart in cellophane. Send it on an aeroplane to you
Don’t know what your leaving means but it pulls so hard on these damn heart strings
Can you hear the hills and I sing for you?

Oh Texas
How could we be so reckless with a love like that?
We should have known
Oh Texas
Gotta help me bring her back
Bring her on back home
Track Name: Raise Hell
Well that grim reaper, he don't care
How much loss your heart can bear
He's got a job to do, don't matter what you do
You're just biding your time til your time is through

Well that grim reaper works everyday and night
And he'll tell ya boy, that ain't no kinda life
He's got kids to keep alive and a couple ex wives
It's the deadest of dead end jobs just trying to survive

Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself
Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself

Well that grim reaper gets paid just enough to get by
Not enough to thrive but enough to stay alive
He's a middle man, works enough to keep him occupied
So he'll never notice the noose in his tie.

Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself
Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself

There's death march that goes from 9 to 5
It's usually longer days but they stiff you on overtime
If you think about it, it's a brilliant design
Gonna pay you enough, they gonna pay you enough
Gonna pay you enough to keep you alive til you meet your demise

Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself
Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!)
Raise hell! (Raise hell!)
You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself
Track Name: Tomb
Red curtains in this dark bar
Smoke clears and there you are
All eyes can see that tattoo above your knee
covering up your scars

Stale booze it's your perfume
As you dance circles around this room
Learning your steps maybe I can cheat death
Lead me to your room

Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Cause this bar is my tomb.

These fools don't know what I do
There's a dark devil inside of you
Their hearts are your toys they're just little boys
I can see straight through

We both haunt this bar
But you're the one who possess my heart
You have me eternally
Standing guard

Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Cause this bar is my tomb.

Count the years I've been stuck in this sink hole
Purgatory without parole
Even death won't stop me from loving you

Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you
Cause this bar...oh your love is my tomb.
Track Name: Dignity & Grit
Well Eugene was a blue jean kinda guy
And Margie was his shot gun shooting wife
From sun up to sun down they worked out on that ground
To give their family a better life

Well Eugene's buried in the ground where he slaved
And Margie's gotta find her own new way
She said I won't let this family down, gonna find a little place in town
And she kept that farm going through the worst of days

Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks
You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down
Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit
Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground

On the other side of the state there's a cotton farm
Where a hay baler took my Grandaddy's arm
But he knew that cotton would harvest, hell or high water he'd try his darndest
And that hook he had for a hand added to his charm.

Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks
You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down
Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit
Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground

Mom and Dad showed their integrity
When faced with their own lives' worst realities
Gotta fight for your life with all that grit in your teeth
When it's time to go on home, you go with dignity

Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks
You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down
Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit
Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground
Track Name: Don't Waste That Tear
I've lived the wasted life
And I've been the bad guy
But I sure know how to have a damn good time

You came from the real world
To find the glory of rock n roll
Instead you found me and put on a blind fold

We've been making it some time
Maybe it's love, as much as it can be for a time

So darlin don't waste that tear on me
Darlin, don't waste that tear on me

You and me we play our little games
Make the blood boil in my veins
You can get burned playing with flames

People know you and they know about her
But I don't know what she may have already heard
You see, I haven't been straight forward.

Well I've been married now for some time
It ain't love, but it'll do just fine

So darlin don't waste that tear on me
Darlin, don't waste that tear on me

It ain't her I'll ever leave, she's the only one that stays despite me.

So darlin don't waste that tear on me
Darlin, don't waste that tear on me
Track Name: From Afar
You and me we're like tequila and whiskey. either way the clothes comes off but together we're risky

This love affair has lasted longer than our favorite bar. This hangover is wearing thin. It's time I love you...

From afar.
From afar
From afar

I'm playing checkers while you're playing chess. I'm waiting to be kinged while you put me in check

You're out there playing games while I just play my guitar. It's time to pick up the pieces and just love you...

From afar
From afar
From afar

My mind is torn in two but my heart just collects scars
It's time to pick up the pieces and just love you...

From afar
From afar
From afar
Track Name: Battleground
Said his vows before he went over seas
Kissed his bride, slipped on his ring
Met and married now her husband's gone
He's off to war, Vietnam.

He came home sick from the war
Complications of Agent Orange
Couldn't hold any food down
She helped his mind escape his battleground

She held his hands...

We're gonna make it baby, go on leave your battleground
We're gonna make it baby, cause I meant every single vow
And i know you did too
Come on now baby, let's make it through

He always knew she'd make a good mother
Three little girls, no one like the other
For all their questions she knew all the answers
Til she came home and said it was cancer

She woke up from her medications
Complications of radiation
Ran it's course now she's hospice bound
He helped her mind escape her battleground

He held her hands...

We're gonna make it baby, go on leave your battleground
We're gonna make it baby, cause you know I meant every vow
And I know you did too
Go on now baby, I'll see you soon.

To have and to hold til they grow old
In sickness and health, the cards they're dealt
Time and tears, never another in all those years
She held his heart, long after death did they part.

Driving home in the ice and snow, try to get there before he goes
Holding hands 3 girls surround, we help his mind escape his battleground

We all held hands...

We're gonna make it, daddy, go on leave your battleground
We're gonna make it daddy, cause we know you meant every vow
And we know she did too
Go on now Daddy, she's waiting on you.
Track Name: Silly Little Grin
Love is kitten whiskers and puppy dog tails or so that's the story that they tell but you and me, we ain't that naive.

Love is sweet tea and summer days and wiping off a spot of mayonnaise off your chin, you got that silly little grin.

Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more
Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours
Love has been around the corner many times before
Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door.

Love is slamming doors and picking fights just to apologize and make love all night, come here baby I'll make it all go away

Love ain't just for Cinderella. You're opening that door while I hold the umbrella. The chivalry will still be there as we're helping each other to our rocking chairs.

Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more
Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours
Love has been around the corner many times before
Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door.

Knock upon my door...

Love likes long walks on the beach and thinking about each other when we're out of reach. Love will always be understanding and I'll always be your last man standing.

Love will keep us feeling young even when we're one hundred and one. Love will keep me writing you these loves songs, even if I'm just re-writing this one.

Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more
Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours
Love has been around the corner many times before
Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door.